City League – 7th December, 2011
Delighted to confirm our successful start to the City League season continued last night against a spirited Nomura XV.
Lloyd’s won the toss and played with the elements in the first half. Despite having the lions share of possession LRFC were only able to cross the white wash on 2 occasions. The first try coming after 15 minutes with Nathan Taylor sniping over from close range after some excellent phase play from both forwards and backs. Successful conversion. LRFC squandered multiple opportunities to add to their tally with final passes not going to hand and some poor decision making costing them with the line beckoning. The second try came from an excellent scrum win against the head that saw Taylor and Clarke react quickly and the base to give Tom Joyce a chance to stretch his legs down the blindside. With the speed of a puma (puma,puma…) and grace of a ballerina Joyce exploded down the touch line before drawing the final defender and offloading to number 8 Peter Clarke who finished well. Conversion missed.
LRFC had the upper hand all over the park from the newly formed/makeshift pack to the back 3 team who looked dangerous every time they got ball in hand. However, Nomura refused to lie down and always posed a threat mainly through their strong running 6”9 Predator lookalike number 8. Excellent commitment in defence allowed LRFC to head for half time oranges with the scores at 12 – 0.
Despite playing against the slope and with a head wind in the second half Lloyd’s again dominated territory and possession. However, LRFC play was once again riddled with the same high error count at crucial times, typically within 5 metres of the line. Two such errors allowed Nomura players to intercept passes and run 40 and 80 metres respectively for scores during the second half.
LRFC had the ascendency at the set piece and threatened to punish Nomura at lineout time with their agility and trickery. LRFC were awarded penalty after penalty as the pressure told. Such was the pack dominance spearheaded by Foister, Williams and Fitzsimmons LRFC opted for scrums only to find themselves either held up over the line or back peddling after a mistake several phases later. After another superb break from Alex MacLennan in the centre continued with excellent support carrying and clearing, from the second row pairing of Kershaw and Pond-Jones, LRFC got a try of their own in the corner. Alex MacLennan finishing the move he had started 3 phases earlier. What a hero.
Nomura very nearly took the spoils right at the death. With no time on the clock another 60metre break from the Nomura wing caused Lloyd’s to dig deep and scramble in defence. The Nomura wing was felled just short of the line by an Ashton-esque dreadlock drag by a determined LRFC cover tackler. Dogged defence from 1 to 15 forced the error from Nomura and the final whistle was blown with play metres from the Lloyd’s line.
Not a classic demonstration of ‘jouet’ but a win nonetheless.
For a rearranged fixture during a particularly busy time of the year I was delighted with the numbers making themselves available on a chilly Wednesday evening. We were fortunate enough to have a squad of 26 which included 18 backs. Particular thanks to those of you played out of position or did not get as much game time as you would have liked.
After each game myself and the Team Manager for the game will be naming a player for the best back performance of the game “Showboat Award” and the player who put in the best forward performance of the game “Tugboat Award”. There were plenty of contenders for both yesterday. Vying for prime location in the marina were Thomas, Joyce and Attipoe whilst the dockyard saw competitive buffeting between Foister, Williams and debutant Pond-Jones. However, after much deliberation the awards for this fixture go to:
Show Boat – Alex MacLennan
Tug Boat – Peter Clarke
Fixtures for the New Year, and your diaries, are as follows:
Lloyd’s Nomads 8 February at Charlton Park pitch 1
Lloyd’s JP Morgan 22 February at Wimbledon RFC
Dates for the knock out rounds to be announced
James “Augustus Gloop” Williams has stood down from the post of Fixture Secretary. James has been in the role for 5 years and has fulfilled the in this time. The commitment and time the role requires often goes with out the acknowledgement it merits is imperative to the functioning of the Club. Many thanks to James and I shudder to think what you’ll get up to with all the additional spare time on your hands. Robert “Best centre in the Club” (self professed) Pound will be taking on the role for 2012. Thank you Poundy.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, hydrated festive period!